I always had a feeling in the back of my mind they were going to rename Isshu. I'm glad they did since Unova seems more fitting for a region based of New York.
I was really hoping they would update the franchise logo this generation like they do with the games every other gen in Japan. The logo looks too childish now for these games. I would have loved to see a direct translation of the Japanese logo. Like this person did on deviantart. http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=pokemon+as+it+meant+to+be+logo#/d2qzgbkTrue, they've made a step in the right direction with HGSS and now Black/White, albeit a small one, by coloring each version name accordingly instead of just typing it in "black-rimmed white text" and calling it a day. Although, however cool and mature the version text is, it's still contrasted by the toddlerish tarp blue/mustard yellow eyesore above it.
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It's only been hours, and already the dissatisfaction can already be felt. Maybe complaining and being unhappy about something is considered cool and edgy that it seems right to do so, and expressing satisfaction is seen as uncool, pertaining to some of the complainers?
Anyway, about the names...it's time we got them. Do you know why I am happy to get them? For one, it feels homely to use the English names in the English language, because it sounds about right. Another is that newer fans and older fans can use the same language. In previous generations, I adapted to the English names, and thus is more used to them, and it's more courteous to me if the other party used the English names too, and I felt that when talking to newer (or returning) fans, the English names is much easily understandable. Finally, everyone can at least use a common name with the exact spelling! One of my problems with Japanese romanisations is that some spellings are difficult to be standardised. For example, Shanderaa. Some used Shanderaa, some Shandera, and some Chandelar. See? It's too varied. Of course, it's time to get accustomed to the new names now.
Snivy sounds somewhat appropriate, due to the literal meaning it has with the Pokemon, and I think it's quite edgy too. Tepig was also a surprise, due to the much straighter pun within the name, even though the name's not my first thought when it comes to the Pokemon. Oshawott is actually more surprising than the previous, because the name sounds somewhat complicated. The roundness of Oshawott make it seems that the name is fit for the Pokemon, and besides, people who wanted "Wotter" would be happy with part of the name, so it's all good. If you ask me, the term "Smugleaf" is fan-preferred and may not be generally preferred. I supposed fans are spoilt by their own preferences.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in English-ification is Unova. I am not sure about Isshu-lovers, but...is Isshu even supposed to be part of Japan in any way? Unova is also clever naming, due to its meaning behind it, and with that name, I have reason to believe that the region I am travelling in Pokemon Black and White is not related to the previous Generations, so it actually helps the experience of travelling in a whole new region, which was intended by the developers.
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I like Oshawott the best, so I'm going to be using him. I've actually grown to like Isshu, so Unova seems a bit off to me. Oh well, it'll grow on it.
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I just can't think of what names they'll think of next
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